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Written answers

Thursday, 18 June 2009

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Demos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in his Department have attended at which representatives...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure his Department incurred in respect of (a) Creative Cooking (London) Ltd., (b) Leith's, (c) Alliance...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet a delegation of inshore fishermen and fish merchants to discuss ways to enable fishing to continue when fish...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people who have made up a flood kit; and what steps he is taking to encourage...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on...

      Tigers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to seek to ensure compliance with the decision taken at the last Convention on...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish a summary of representations he has received from members of the public on water rates in the last five years.

      Water Companies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment Ofwat has made of the performance of water companies in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to increase levels of electoral...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will estimate the effect on future expenditure from the public purse of amending the parliamentary contributory pensions scheme to (a) cap the Exchequer...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 426W, on biofuels, whether he has had...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of changes in levels of usage of bus services since the introduction of concessionary fares schemes in (a) 2002...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport from which of his Department's budgets the £60 million reallocated to carbon capture and storage in the Budget 2009 Red Book will be drawn.

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of track access charges applicable to the track through the Channel Tunnel on the potential...

      Diesel Fuel: EU Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether a mechanism exists for EU member states to seek a temporary derogation from the EU sulphur specification for diesel fuel; and if he...

      Integrated Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for the development of an integrated transport system.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 30 April 2009, transferred from the Department for...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects relating...

      Roads: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department allocated for the construction of highways in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of...

      Transport: East of England

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding his Department has allocated for the construction of bus lanes in (a) Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on transport in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

  • International Development

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's latest assessment is of progress in relation to the achievement of the millennium development goals.

    • Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian needs of people in Tamil areas and camps for internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka;...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of humanitarian aid to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka from (a) his Department, (b) the EU...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of renewing direct aid provision to Zimbabwe.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Business: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for further development of his Department's toolkit for business and human rights for use by UK missions overseas.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's latest assessment is of whether the full military and police components mandated for MONUC will be put in...

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which subjects his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) conducted opinion polling in each of the last two years; which...

      Eritrea: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Eritrean government on the imprisonment of Christians in that country.

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Eritrean Government on allegations of human rights abuses in that country.

      EU Institutions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1312W, on EC institutions: manpower, what steps he has taken to...

      Gabon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Gabon following the death of Omar Bongo.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria will be used in deciding which members of Hezbollah's political wing officials should meet.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts the Government have had with Hezbollah's political wing since their recent change of policy on contacts with that...

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 512W, on departmental public expenditure, for what reasons his...

      Nepal: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what channels of communication his Department has with British nationals in Nepal.

      Nepal: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans are in place for the safety of British nationals in Nepal in the case of an emergency.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with his (a) Chinese and (b) Russian counterparts to discuss the nuclear threat from the Democratic...

      Royal Visits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has paid towards the cost of visits abroad by members of the Royal Family in each of the last 10 years.

      Saed Jamal Abu-Hijleh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the death of the mother of Saed Jamal Abu-Hijleh in Nablus in 2002.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the treatment of those who provided medical and financial...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of civilians killed (a) by the Sri Lankan army and (b) by the Liberation Tigers of...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of alleged war crimes during the recent conflict in Sri Lanka; what steps he is taking in...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the registration of those held in internally displaced...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Tamil civilians in internally displaced persons camps in Sri Lanka; and if he will...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the freedom of the press (a) in Sri Lanka and (b) to visit...

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on their recent decision to turn away the Vanni Mercy Mission ship MV...

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to Lieutenant General Keith Dayton in training Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and stability of the power-sharing Government in Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a summary of representations received by his Department on the management of UK Financial Investments' controlling interest in banks in...

    • Banks: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 637W, on banks: tax avoidance, to which sentences of the statement by the Chancellor of...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any consortiums have requested loans from his Department's Infrastructure Finance Unit.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the time taken by the Financial Ombudsman Service to deal with complaints; what monitoring takes place of the...

      Financial Services: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK's international financial services sector is globally competitive in carbon trading.

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer where the headquarters of the (a) European Systemic Risk Board and (b) European System of Financial Supervisors will be.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2009, Official Report, column 910W, on taxation: construction, if he will take into account the environmental impact of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15 April 2009, on funding for services...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when allocations of capital spending for Government departments from 2011 onwards will be made; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) planned office closures on average times taken by HMRC to reply to...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there were in each...

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the amount of advertising expenditure deducted from profits before tax by businesses producing alcoholic drinks in 2008-09.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympics archery event at Lord's Cricket Ground.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Haringey

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions her Office has had with Haringey borough to enable it to (a) participate fully in and (b) receive a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of letters to his Department from hon. Members' parliamentary offices were answered within 30 days of the date of...

    • Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of electricity used by his Department which was derived from renewable sources in (a)...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on his Department's estate and (ii) by his Department's agency in each year from...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Hillsborough Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.

      Sports: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding was awarded to sport-related groups in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons Mr. John Coombe of Brixham did not receive a £10 Christmas bonus payment and subsequent additional £60 bonus payment...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving fuel assistance as a result of being disabled or long-term ill-health are also eligible for fuel assistance due to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her policy is on issuing reminders to people who are due to become eligible for pension credit; and if she will make a statement.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those eligible for pension credit have not claimed pension credit in each of the last five years.

      Pension Credit: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport received pension credit in each year since its inception.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government plan to stand behind the Pension Protection Fund in circumstances in which its assets and contributions are not...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the number of British pensioners living abroad who are in receipt of the basic state pension but do not qualify for the...

  • Prime Minister

    • BBC External Services

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to reply to the e-petition which closed on 9 April 2009, relating to the BBC World Service, on the Downing Street website.

    • British Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister whom he consulted on his proposals for constitutional reform announced on 10 June 2009; what public consultation he plans to hold on the proposals; and if he will make a...

      Cabinet: Southampton

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of holding the meeting of the Cabinet in Southampton on 23 February 2009.

      Council for Constitutional Renewal

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the Council for Constitutional Renewal to be established; how many members of the Council there will be; by what criteria its membership will be decided;...

      Democratic Renewal Council and Domestic Policy Council

      To ask the Prime Minister by what means the proceedings of the (a) Democratic Renewal Council and (b) Domestic Policy Council will be reported to the House; and what estimate has been made of...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister what the official duties and responsibilities are of the First Secretary of State; what change there has been in those duties from those formerly accorded to the...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Prime Minister what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Office in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Enterprise Champion

      To ask the Prime Minister what the official duties and responsibilities of the Enterprise Champion are; and which Minister will answer questions in the House on their discharge.

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to consult (a) the leaders of Opposition parties represented in the House and (b) the Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee...

      Israel: EC External Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the agenda for the EU-Israel Association Council meeting on 15 June 2009;...

      Israel: EC External Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what recent discussions he has had with the President of the European Commission on upgrading EU-Israel relations; (2) what recent discussions he has had with his...

      National Council for Democratic Renewal

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the recommendations of the National Council for Democratic Renewal will be published.

      National Council for Democratic Renewal

      To ask the Prime Minister what the budget is of the National Council for Democratic Renewal for 2009-10.

      National Council for Democratic Renewal

      To ask the Prime Minister who the members of the National Council for Democratic Renewal are.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries

      To ask the Prime Minister which hon. Members act as Parliamentary Private Secretaries to Ministers in each Department.

      Senior Salaries Review Body

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to extend the remit of the Review Body on Senior Salaries to enable it to advise public bodies other than those specified in its existing...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders given to children aged 10 to 17 years old have had reporting restrictions imposed through the discretion...

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what applications to use data from the national DNA database for research purposes have been submitted to his Department since 15...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target time is for the processing of an application to the UK Border Agency for a sponsor licence; and what the (a) average and...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, columns 168-69W, on immigration: EU nationals, what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has established a timetable for the processing of applications for residence permits for (a) EEA nationals and (b) family...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications under the highly-skilled migrants programme have been refused because applicants' savings fell below the required level...

      Immigration Controls: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many academic institutions have successfully registered as sponsors with the UK Border Agency under tier 4 of the points-based...

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of reviewing the right to live in the UK of Gurkhas who retired before 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 29 April 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 April...

      Personal Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Epping Forest of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 174W, on personal records: data...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much gross revenue council tax police precepts raised in each year, after capping, in each police authority in England and Wales in each...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of mechanisms for restorative justice.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to require directly-employed security guards to be licensed.

      UK Border Agency: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency and its predecessors spent on consultants in each of the last five years.

      Waste Management: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been sought under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in each local authority area in the South...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total revenue from fines for offences related to wildlife crime was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for completion of his Department's consultation on the term carbon neutral; how many responses to that...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF aircraft are in service; and what the (a) target and (b) actual number of each type of RAF aircraft fit for purpose is.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of forces' accommodation units are in each condition grade in each region in England.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantities of (a) intermediate and (b) low level radioactive waste are held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated hourly flying time cost is of (a) the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (b) each air-to-air service provider.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft to enter service.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Joint Strike Fighter aircraft his Department plans to purchase in the next five years.

      Low Flying: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about low-flying military aircraft have been received by each military establishment in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the hourly cost of air-to-air refuelling of an RAF VC10 is.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service dates are for the (a) VC10 and (b) TriStar fleets.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contractual support arrangements there are for the (a) RAF VC10 and (b) TriStar fleets; and what the cost was in each case in each of the last two...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports there were in respect of (a) TriStar and (b) VC10 aircraft in each year since 2003.

      Navy: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of transferring control of the Fleet Air Arm to the Royal Air Force.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many activities requiring the permission of the Defence Nuclear Weapons Regulator have been authorised at Royal Naval Armament Depot Coulport since...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost of establishing the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was.

    • Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England there were in each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on who should be responsible for making council tax payments for private sector rented properties.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is provided to local councils on the level of council tax that should be paid on second homes.

      Council Tax: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals for local authorities to be required to pay interest to council taxpayers in...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which (a) magazines, (b) journals and (c) newspapers his Department subscribes; and what the cost of such subscriptions...

      Eco-Towns: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1690W, on eco-towns: internet, (1) how many (a) unique...

      Local Government: Political Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been set for changing the political restrictions on council group political assistants.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the effect of a universal business rate on local...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department takes in respect of the performance of local authorities with national non-domestic rates collection...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer question 280051, tabled on 10 June 2009, on the Home Owner Mortgage Protection Scheme.

  • Health

    • Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has evaluated on the safety of use of benzodiazepine tranquillisers in...

    • Carers: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the hours of operation are of the Carers Direct hotline.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the relationship is between his Department's Healthy Start scheme and its Change4Life initiative.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2009, Official Report, column 1596W, on heart disease (1) how many finished consultant episodes for congenital heart...

      Hillsborough Stadium: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the provision to local authorities of influenza pandemic preparedness plans produced by (a) primary care...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely effects of an influenza pandemic on demand for intensive care beds; and whether he has made an estimate of the...

      Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for knee replacement operations was in (a) Halton, Cheshire and (b) England in each year since 2001.

      Learning Disability: Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department provides support to organisations which offer assistance to individuals with learning difficulties in securing jobs.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to assess the adequacy of provision of mental health services for people of each (a) age group, (b) sex and (c) race.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS organisations he has visited in the last three months.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to implement the National service framework for long-term conditions; and what assessment he has made of his...

      Strokes: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to implement the national stroke strategy in rural areas; and how much funding has been provided to that end in 2009-10.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the time taken to make available the national pandemic influenza service; on what date he expects the service to be available;...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of immunisation against tuberculosis in England.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Elderly and Vulnerable Witnesses

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service takes to assist elderly and vulnerable people to give evidence as witnesses for the prosecution.

    • Discontinued Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been discontinued on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service on the first day set down for the trial in each of the last three years...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consultations have been carried out by the Cabinet Office since July 2007; and at what cost.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 170W, on departmental recruitment, what progress has been made on consideration of...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died of each malnutrition condition, identified by its ICD-10 code, in each strategic health authority area in each year since 1997.

      Suicide: Easington

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many suicides there were in Easington constituency in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.

  • Justice

    • 30 Year Rule Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his response is to the recommendation of the Review of the Thirty Year Rule that reducing the period should be phased through the release of two...

    • Administration of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to introduce an integrated IT system to link-up the probation, police, courts and prisons services.

      Administration of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to improve internal communications systems within the criminal justice system.

      Bail: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of offenders released on bail in 2007 were (a) originally charged with and (b) subsequently sentenced for (i)...

      Bail: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many defendants were charged with offences of violence against the person or sexual offences in 2007; how many and what proportion of those so...

      Crimes of Violence: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point convicted of serious violent offences and who served sentences of under two years duration...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length was of sentences (a) handed down to and (b) served by those who were convicted of (i) violence against the person, (ii) sexual...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders sentenced for offences of violence against the person or sexual offences received (a) a custodial sentence and...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals are delivered to the private office of each Minister in his Department; and at what cost in the latest period...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Harborough of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 172-3W, on domestic violence, what the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Hillsborough Stadium: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in identifying files and documents it holds relating to the Hillsborough disaster that can be released.

      Intellectual Property: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for intellectual property crime there were under the (a) Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and (b)...

      Land Registry: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about the way in which a decision relating to land registration had been reached were (a) received and (b) completed by the Office...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Courts plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 April 2009 on the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of each director of offender management in England and Wales is for 2009-10.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prisoners to prison officers at each category C prison in England and Wales was on 1 April in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service paid in compensation to prisoners in respect of damaged or lost property in 2008-09.

      Prisoners: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners in England and Wales are over (i) 70 and (ii) 75 years old.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 797W, on prisons, how long on average elapsed between prisoners' cells being unlocked in...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many directors of offender management there have been in each month since their inception of the post.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many probation offices there were in each year since 1997; (2) how many probation offices are open.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the caseload was of the Probation Service in (a) London and (b) England and Wales on the latest date for which information is available.

      Probation Service for England and Wales: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budgetary reductions there will be for the Probation Service in England and Wales in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Public Opinion: Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he made of the level of public confidence in the criminal justice system in 2008.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious further offence reviews were carried out in (a) England and Wales and (b) London in 2008-09.

      Reparation by Offenders: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders used high-visibility clothing whilst undertaking community payback work in the last period for which figures are available.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • GCSE: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in (i) 1997...

    • Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent guidance his Department has issued to schools on (a) protecting staff from violent behaviour by pupils and (b)...

      Social Work Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish all of his correspondence with the Social Work Taskforce.

  • Women and Equality

    • Demos

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in the Government Equalities Office have attended at which representatives from the...

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many laptop computers belonging to the Government Equalities Office have been lost or stolen since its creation.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer to Baroness Warsi of 5 May 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 98WA, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, what...

      Government Equalities Office: Drinking Water

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on bottled water in each of the last two years.

      Government Equalities Office: Homophobia

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government Equalities Office has taken to combat homophobia in the work place.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effectiveness of co-operation between the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence in the more...

    • Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to return the burden of proof under the Armed Forces compensation scheme to the Secretary of State for Defence.

      Armed Forces: Severely Wounded

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure a seamless transition from military to civilian healthcare and ongoing care for severely injured or disabled service personnel.

      Civil Service: Performance Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 11 May (WA 156) concerning the amount of funding for senior civil servants' performance-related pay, what were...

      Constitutional Renewal Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce the Constitutional Renewal Bill before the Summer Recess.

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure for 2008—09; what it is for 2009—10; and what is the planned budget...

      Counterterrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new money has been allocated in the revised counterterrorism strategy to (a) pursue, (b) prevent, (c) protect, and (d) prepare.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health is implementing the Government's cycle-to-work scheme.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that highway authorities undertake cycle audits on proposed new road schemes in accordance with Department for Transport best practice guidelines.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 8 June (WA 117), what steps they will take to warn those contemplating buying property in Cyprus of the risk...

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 8 June (WA 117), whether they will work with other European countries to urge the Government of Cyprus to...

      Economic Partnership Agreements: ACP Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have not yet accepted an interim national or regional economic partnership agreement with the European Union; and...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 3 June (WA 87—8), whether outgrowing embryos could not be used to derive embryonic stem cells by...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 January 2008 (WA 216) and by Lord Drayson on 19 May 2009 (WA 290), when the Newcastle primary care...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 19 May (WA 295) on the report of the Congressionally-mandated United States Research Advisory...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 121—22), how the average annual payment of £6,400 for the Macfarlane Trust's...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 121—22), when the average annual payment made to the Macfarlane Trust's beneficiaries...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 5 May (WA 100—01), whether Lord Darzi of Denham will now act on the assurance given to him by Mrs...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 122), why they did not respond nor refer to the Archer report's recommendation (at page 109)...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WA 338), when they will place in the Library of the House their response regarding the supply of...

      Healthcare: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor the levels of funding for healthcare necessary to deal with infections in primary and community care.

      Healthcare: Secondary Infection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the factors that increase healthcare-associated infections in secondary care.

      Healthcare: Secondary Infection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure a co-ordinated approach to tackling healthcare-associated infections between healthcare professionals, patients and officials.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what part human rights play in the sector reform programmes they are supporting in Iraq, Afghanistan and developing countries in general.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the Lisbon treaty represents a mechanism for deeper integration or administers the European Union more effectively.

      Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Planning Inspectorate about the proposed appellate functions in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill; and what was the outcome.

      Migrant Workers: Romania and Bulgaria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) Romanian, and (b) Bulgarian, nationals have registered as workers and entered the United Kingdom in each year since the accession of those countries...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring forward proposals to ban or restrict smoking in public locations which are in the open.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much it cost to provide health services to those with smoking-related conditions in 2006—07.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress made by the new Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands in implementing recommendations made in Sir Robin Auld's...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of the UK Border Agency are posted abroad; and in which countries.

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